Bringing the Valentine’s Day spirit with its “Champagne and Sweets” reception today, Aiken Center for the Arts is welcoming several new exhibits this month.


The reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at the center, 122 Laurens St., with refreshments available.


“This is the finest exhibit we’ve ever had,” said Bill Reynolds, interim executive director. “I’m very excited and proud.”


On display downstairs will be works from abstract local artist Jennifer Fornes, English sculptor Kathleen Friedenberg and equestrian and natural scene painter Booth Malone. There will also be the “Aiken Horse Through the Lens” exhibit composed of photographs from locals George Buggs, Mike Klieman and D.S. Owens.


On the first floor, in the far back corner, is the Aiken Artist Guild section, where a different members’ artwork is showcased every month.


Suzan Sallstrom, who works mainly in water color, pastels and colored pencils, is highlighted for February.


Work from the art center’s students, ages 4 to high schoolers, will be shown upstairs in the Brooks Gallery and will hold a separate reception.


All artists, except some of the students, will be present at the reception.


The students’ and Sallstrom’s exhibitions will be displayed until the end of the month; the rest will be in the center until March 15.


For more information, call 641-9094.